The signing took place as part of a conference to review their joint work over the last two years.
According to the freshly inked pact, the sides will continue following their governments’ guidance on upgrading the Dak Peur (Dak Nong) – Nam Lyr (Mondulkiri) from a major border gate pair to an international one and on building the Dak Dang bridge linking Vietnam and Cambodia.
They will coordinate for the Dak Nong – Mondulkiri trade fair and facilitate their businesses and people to form partnerships, and carry out import-export-investment activities in line with the law in their nations and with international regulations.
Agricultural training courses, experience sharing sessions and field trips to Dak Nong for public personnel and farmers in Mondulkiri will continue. Dak Nong will also transfer farming materials and equipment to the Cambodian province.
The sides will maintain the status quo of their shared areas that are yet to be demarcated until agreements are reached between their governments. Joint border patrols and join work to build a border of peace, friendship and cooperation are also necessary.
They will collaborate to handle violations of the two countries’ 1983 treaty on border issues principles, as well as to implement the two provinces’ principles for search and rescue cooperation and agreement on management of citizens’ travel in their shared border area.
Cooperation in culture, social affairs, education and health is also important. It covers joint exhibitions and art performances, cultural-musical exchanges, free check-ups and medicine for disadvantaged residents in Mondulkiri, and teaching of their mother tongue for Vietnamese students in the Cambodian province.
As heard at the conference, in 2016 – 2018, trade between the two provinces reached 341.65 million USD. They sent delegations to learn from each other’s agro-forestry production models, organised cultural and sport exchanges, and held several free medical treatment events in Mondulkiri. Meanwhile, border security as well as border demarcation and marker planting ran smoothly.